PRESS RELEASE: No Kid Hungry invests $3 million in early childhood organizations, including 13 in California

April 7, 2021

FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE | April 7, 2021

Contact: Johanna Elsemore | jelsemore@strength.org

No Kid Hungry invests $3 million in early childhood organizations, including 13 in California

Washington, DC: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign will invest $3 million in grants to organizations focused on early childhood, including 13 child care providers and healthcare centers in California. The grants are part of an ongoing effort to decrease food insecurity among children under the age of six.

At the height of the pandemic, 22.9 percent of parents with children under the age of six faced hunger and hardship in the previous month. As early childhood is the most intensive period of brain and body development, hunger and hardship at this age can have long-term implications for children.

“Food insecurity in the early years can have an immediate and lasting impact on overall health, learning, school readiness, and behavior,” says Caron Gremont, Director of Early Childhood for the No Kid Hungry campaign. “These flexible, year-long grants will help organizations provide healthy food to young kids and their families at this critical time.”

The No Kid Hungry grants will serve more than 120 early child care centers, healthcare providers and community organizations that work with an estimated 170,000 children under the age of five in 34 states and the District of Columbia, including 13 organizations in California.

“Not only are these organizations on the front lines of hunger, most are also led by members of the community. These local leaders have a deep understanding of the families they serve and an authentic connection to the unique needs of their towns and neighborhoods,” says No Kid Hungry California Director Kathy Saile. “This funding will help fuel their work and make sure our youngest Californians have access to the food they need to grow and thrive.”

The following organizations in California received grants:

  • Children’s Council of San Francisco
  • ECSV (San Jose)
  • California Hospital Medical Center Foundation (LA)
  • Venice Family Clinic
  • Vouchers 4 Veggies (SF)
  • Food is Free Solano (Benicia)
  • The Cambodian Family (Santa Ana)
  • Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (Oakland)
  • The Fresno Center
  • Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (LA)
  • Proyecto Pastoral (LA)
  • Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center
  • Orange County Head Start, Inc. (Santa Ana)

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 4 kids could face hunger due to the coronavirus pandemic. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org